Christ Didn’t Tell the Woman at the Well: “Go and Get Plan B”

After relentless and vociferous criticism from feminist organizations, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius has abandoned her opposition to the over-the-counter sale to minors of the so-called “Plan B” contraception pill which can also be used to cause the abortion of a fertilized egg. This cowardly retreat by Secretary Sibelius is hardly surprising, but it is nevertheless revealing of how far the disease of sex addiction has progressed in this country that even the innocence of youth is no longer immune to this infection.

Kathleen Sibelius (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Kathleen Sibelius (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Back in 2011, Kathleen Sibelius protested that her decision to block the over-the-counter sale of Plan B to girls 16 and younger, “[wasn’t] about politics,” but that was before the election. Now that President Obama is safely re-elected, she has no reason to fight for something that she doesn’t really believe in. The Obama Administration’s priority has always been to promote expanded access to abortion almost from his first day in office, although the euphemism of choice these days is always about protecting “women’s health.” Who could oppose that?

In the first place, a 15 year-old girl is not a woman. Girls cannot drive a car without adult supervision, if at all. Girls cannot purchase liquor or tobacco. Girls cannot vote or serve in the military. In most states, girls cannot consent to marriage. Such restrictions are not like the misogynist Sharia laws in Iran and Saudi Arabia. In all of these things, we have rightly decided as a society that at 15 years of age, a girl is still not ready for these dangerous and

This episode brought to you by the letter B. Gotta' get 'em started young. (CTW Photo)

This episode brought to you by Plan B. She’s never too young to start learning about birth control. (CTW Photo)

consequential activities—and neither is a boy of the same age. Nobody at the age of 15 is ready to make life-altering decisions.

Secondly, it is not healthy to teach young girls that they are mere objects for sexual gratification. It is not healthy to provide a young girl with poison and tell her that she has the right to choose whether another person within her lives or dies. It is not healthy to tell girls that there are no consequences for a life of licentiousness and debauchery, and that if they “accidentally” get pregnant (as if having sex is an accident!) they can “take care of it” after the fact, no questions asked, and that Plan B is no more harmful than a packet of breath mints or a roll of toilet paper. No, this is not about women’s health.

"Women's Health" is neither about women nor healthy. Discuss. (NBC Photo)

“Women’s Health” is neither about women nor healthy. Discuss. (NBC Photo)

Feminists have been fighting this war for so long now that they have forgotten what they are even fighting for. In the early days of the feminist project, there was an attempt at serious reflection on our views concerning the proper role of women in society, but instead of finding some happy medium between the pit and the pedestal, we have cast women into the gutter and left them to fend for themselves. Women, and now even girls, are expected to fight on equal terms with men, and nowhere is this more true than in the bedroom. Young boys and girls are expected to have adventurous liasons with many partners from a young age while marriage is something to be postponed until later, if ever.

The normalization of adultery in our society has many consequences. Proponents of gay marriage argue of their sexual attraction, “It’s who I am.” In a bizarre sign of the times, girls in high school now aspire to star in pornographic films, justifying their decision by saying, “It’s my life.” In the four decades since Roe v. Wade was decided, more that 55 million babies have been killed by three little words, “It’s my body.” For all the self-regarding language though, when we define ourselves by our sexual predilections–by our attraction to the other, the external–we are in fact denying the self. The human body is not merely some biological receptacle, but each of us also has a unique soul that yearns to be reunited with our creator.

Christ and the Woman of Samaria by Giovanni Lanfranco, c. 1625-8

Christ and the Woman of Samaria by Giovanni Lanfranco, c. 1625-8

None of this is new though. In one of the most powerful passages in all of sacred scripture, Jesus tells the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst.” In this powerful story of salvation, Jesus describes our addiction to sin. In our sex-obsessed society which is really not so different from the decadent Romans in the time of Christ, we constantly thirst for more gratification of our carnal desires, be we can never be satisfied. It is only when we accept that procreation in the bonds of marriage is a sacred part of God’s divine plan that this thirst can finally be quenched.

The great miracle of the Samaritan woman is that she is so spectacularly unchaste and yet in her encounter with Christ, she is able to overcome these desires and finally obtain lasting peace. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus speaks often to women, offering them true health in both body and soul. Like the woman at the well, all of us are fallen creatures subject to many sinful desires, but the story of our salvation does not end there. Choosing to turn away from sin is only the beginning. Protecting the youngest and most innocent among us from the commoditization of human flesh that is promoted by the Obama Administration is as good a place as any to start.

  • Larry

    So a 15 year girl is not a woman but if this 15 year old girl gets pregnant, she should be forced to give birth.

  • tom

    You cannot deny that the Obama Administration has always wanted expanded access for abortions. That in and of itself makes me sick.

  • patricia

    what will HHS Secretary do when we start to have a big increase in :syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, aids….. this is what promiscuity will lead to – our youth will be lost – to disease…… thank the Democrats for this….. shameful, just shameful

    • SLCMLC

      Obama (and our HHS Secretary) did not sign this into law. A judge (who was appointed by Ronald Reagan) did. Obama actually fought against this judge’s decision for years but ultimately dropped the fight because if he lost (which seemed likely), a potentially more dangerous form of the pill would be made available.

      I agree this IS a “shameful” decision, but it was made by a JUDGE, not the democratic party.

  • Lucy Taylor

    AMEN AMEN AMEN! Thank you for this! Lord have mercy!

  • Lori

    This articles deserves 5 stars. Bravo!


    Good point Robb. Plus, as the article the author himself links to, the Obama administration was faced with the dilemma that if they lost the appeal, a less safe version of the pill might be on the market (the “2 day pill”). So they made the pragmatic decision to drop their (probably unwinnable) appeal to at least make sure that other one didn’t hit the market. It’s a tough dilemma and reasonable people can disagree, but the “villain” here isn’t Obama, it’s the judge. Oh yeah, the judge in question was appointed to his post by Ronald Reagan. Can’t make this stuff up.

    I actually agree with the author that the idea of this pill being sold OTC to minors is completely absurd from a legal basis considering we have a clear precedent of the rights of minors. Very, very, very bad decision by the judge.

    Of course, the author can’t just stick to these facts, he overplays his hand and goes on some bizarre rant about the sexuality of high school girls and how this is all the fault of the Obama administration. Yeah, Obama is to blame for sexual problems we have with high school student. Not, you know, hormones.

    • SLCMLC

      He made the very good point that this decision wasn’t Obama’s, it was the judge’s (he had some more points too). As I mention above, the judge was initially nominated by Ronald Reagan.



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